With the NBA season continuing to heat up for some teams and cooling down for others, several rumors are abound about players and teams looking to move. Before the trade deadline officially hits on Feb. 20, several rumors will continue to take shape thanks to teams looking to make changes to their roster.
Whether teams are looking to trade away assets to improve for the stretch run and into the playoffs or trying to unload contracts to build some steam heading into the offseason, several clubs will be on the market.
Then there's the players who appear unhappy with their current situations (like Carmelo Anthony), who are being rumored to move on to another team in the offseason.
As several rumors continue to swirl around the NBA, here are a few that have been popular in recent days and how they could affect the association.
Andre Miller Could Be on the Move
Andre Miller has been shopped around for quite a while now by the Denver Nuggets, but no team appears to want to pull the trigger on the veteran who's been involved in a pretty ugly fight with head coach Brian Shaw.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that a league source informs him Miller could be on the move before the All-Star break:
League contact today via text: "Andre Miller will be a Wolf or King by All-Star break." #Twolves— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) January 26, 2014
With the possible suitors being the Minnesota Timberwolves or Sacramento Kings, both teams could benefit from a veteran floor general capable of helping out young point guards.
Minnesota has experienced, good point guard play from Ricky Rubio, but Miller would certainly add some more offense when coming in for Rubio.
As for the Kings, Isaiah Thomas has been great this season but could certainly use some relief from the bench. While neither team is probably looking at a playoff berth in the tough Western Conference, the move could help improve their depth.
The Nuggets are clearly trying to cut ties with Miller, who hasn't played in the month of January and obviously isn't on the same page—or even reading the same book—as Shaw. Luckily, both of the aforementioned teams should be able to help Denver with its problem.
Raptors Testing Market for Kyle Lowry
The Toronto Raptors are 22-21 with the end of January in sight, but they aren't resting on their laurels with the trade deadline approaching.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Raptors are looking to make a move for Kyle Lowry, but haven't found suitors yet to meet their high asking price in exchange:
Trade rumble: Sense around league remains Toronto more likely to trade Kyle Lowry than keep him to prevent losing asset for nothing. But ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 27, 2014
Issue here hasn't changed: No team out there willing YET to meet Raps' asking price for PG who, nice as he's playin, can bolt in free agency— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 27, 2014
Should the Raptors trade Lowry?
Lowry is averaging 16 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds this season and has been a crucial component for the Raptors' recent success. The seventh-year point guard is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career with all three of those statistics up from his career averages.
The former Villanova star has a PER of 19.62 and could draw a huge market for his talents at just 27 years old. His style of play could make him a formidable point guard for teams looking to make a playoff push, and the trade talks will be interesting for Lowry moving forward.
Though there are no confirmed teams that are moving in on Lowry for the Raptors' supposed high asking price, it appears he will be out of Toronto if the team can find the right offer.
Carmelo Could Be out of New York in Offseason
Anthony leaving the New York Knicks isn't a done deal—the offseason hasn't even started yet and the Knicks don't appear interested in moving him—but the possible landing spots for the superstar are beginning to become clear.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Anthony is considering leaving the Knicks to play for another team, with the Chicago Bulls being near the top of his list:
Within the past several weeks, a longtime confidant of Carmelo Anthony confesses, something changed. Never did he believe there was a chance Anthony would leave the– never the Madison Square Garden stage, never the $129 million contract extension...
"Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.," the source said.
Where should Anthony sign in the offseason?
A (hopefully) healthy Derrick Rose paired up with Anthony? Now that would be a ridiculous duo.
Anthony doesn't appear to be showing any signs of slowing down with his recent 62-point game, and though Rose has been hampered with injuries over the last few seasons, he's a former league MVP with plenty of scoring and distributing ability.
Another addition to Wojnarowski's report reveals why the signing of Anthony to the Bulls could be a possibility. He reports that the Bulls are possibly looking at amnestying Carlos Boozer's contract, which would allow them to sign Anthony to a maximum contract.
It doesn't appear that the Los Angeles Lakers are completely out of the running for Anthony in the offseason, especially after Kobe Bryant's recently talking about why L.A. is better than New York, but it looks like the Bulls might be ahead in the race.
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